What is Dry January?

  • Your chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save the pennies.
  • Your mission: to avoid that cheeky after work pint, that glass of wine on the sofa, or that big boozy night out, for the whole month.
  • Make a real difference to the lives of those harmed through alcohol misuse by getting family and friends to sponsor you and raise money for Alcohol Concern.

Why go dry?

  • With Xmas excess gone, banish the booze this January and make a healthy start to the new year.
  • By taking on the challenge you’re sure to lose a few pounds while saving a few quid. And with no hangovers you’ll find time and energy you never knew you had. Oh, and your skin will look nicer too.
  • So go on, take time out, get thinking about your drinking and prove to yourself that you can say no to a tipple or two.

Will it work?

  • This is not a medical detox programme and should not be undertaken by people with alcohol dependency issues. This is both an awareness raising campaign and a fundraiser for Alcohol Concern.
  • The benefits of giving up alcohol for a short period include: improved sleep, losing weight, improved skin and hair quality, and saving money. It is unlikely there will be any significant change in liver function over a month.
  • In 2013, more than 80% of the people who we surveyed who had taken part in Dry January said they planned to reduce the amount they drink during the rest of the year. We’re still doing more research on this following the 2014 campaign.

How can I fundraise?

  • You can create your own Dry January fundraising page on JustGiving.
  • You can text donate to DRYJ31 to 70070 with the amount you want to donate. So just text DRYJ31 £10 to 70070 if you want to donate £10.
  • Or you can post a cheque to Alcohol Concern, 25 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR.


Who can I fundraise for?

  • Dry January is an Alcohol Concern campaign. You cannot use Dry January to fundraise for another charity. Alcohol Concern is the leading national charity working on alcohol issues (Registered Charity number 291705).  All funds raised will support Alcohol Concern to make a real difference to the lives of those affected by alcohol misuse.